In 1996 the city of Sunderland and Durham wildlife trust collaborated to create seventy-five hectares worth of protected land for wildlife.

This land was called Rainton Meadows. The nature reserve has three nature trails heron, shrew, and dragonfly. There are interactive rubbing posts for children to enjoy along with a playground.

Furthermore, this park is a wonderful place for birdwatching. There are plenty of bird watching huts. Within this wildlife park there are much wildlife for one to discover. Be it one of the many species of owl or the stoats roaming the grasslands. Furthermore, there is a classroom and a cafe.

There is a good range of ice creams available along with food and drink. In addition, the café is decorated in greens, blues, and browns. The tables and chairs are plastic. Durham wildlife trust has many campaigns and volunteering roles one can accept. However, you do not need to be a member of Durham wildlife trust to visit and enjoy this restoration of what used to be the Rye Hill Opencast coal mine.

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Accessibility at Rainton Meadow

There is disabled parking nearby. In addition, the terrain of the wildlife park is mixed as there are various pathways that are level but with some slopes here and there.

The entrance to the café and bird watching huts are level. Furthermore, there is an accessible toilet at the café. Whilst the staff have not been trained to work with those who are neurodivergent, they are happy to help to the best of their ability.

Not to mention, there are no braille or large print menus. Despite this, the staff are happy to tell you what is available to you. Unfortunately, there are no braille or large print maps available.

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